Lombardy Local Customs

  • Nativity scene from a Bergamo church.
    Nativity scene from a Bergamo church.
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  • Christmas decorations, Bergamo.
    Christmas decorations, Bergamo.
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Lombardy Local Customs

  • Dining and Drinking

    Milan Local Customs

    The custom of aperitivi is helpful when you're on a budget. Many of the bars in Milan, for the price of a drink, will give you food to go along with it. You can easily make it into a light dinner. For more details, see my Bar Magenta tip.

  • Festivals/Holidays/Celebratios

    Como Local Customs

    I visited Como the last week in February, so it was carnival season. Children have a week holiday from school and they can be seen in different masquerade costumes (especially the younger ones) and sometimes their parents too. In Como there was a big parade on the Sunday I visited, but I just saw some glimpses of it. In streets and squares,...

  • Historical Mail Boxes

    Mantova Local Customs

    The mail boxes outside the main Post office in Piazza Martiri di Belfiore captured my attention. They are the old kind, when the envelopes were sorted manually so they had specific holes for several destinations. The ones here are for: - letters and postcards in town - correspondence in town - correspondence in the province - business card and...

  • Torino's Bull at the Gallery (to be...

    Milan Local Customs

    This bull is depicted in the coat of arms of Torino. You see that there is a hole on its genitals and may wonder why. Well, a tradition says that if you put your right heel on this hole and turn on yourself three times, this will bring you good luck. In the second photo you see my father do it (unwillingly). Hundreds of tourists rotate around the...

  • Fashion

    Milan Local Customs

    Here ... city of fashion. You will not see anyone wearing a simple shirt or dress when they out to town. Most of ppls here, are beautiful with their dress. Not only for woemn, also applicable for a guy. They are following a up to date fashion, BUT not all of them buying an oriinal stuff! During a winter, you can see more fashion used by local...

  • The Duomo

    Milan Local Customs

    The Milanesi (if you haven't already discovered it yourself) are really a very nice bunch of people with exquisite taste in dressing and business sense. They are also very cultured, with a great sense of humor and many do speak excellent English - especially those that work in a multi-national corporation (MNC) or financial institution. However,...

  • Work addicted ??

    Milan Local Customs

    Yes, the Milanese rae certainly very industrious. In fact, they are the European version of the Japanese i.e. they are so hardworking! Most of them tend to work continous hours from 9.00 a.m. to as late as 7PM-8PM. I should know because I still see my fellow Italian colleagues at the office even at this hour! I thought only the Singaporeans and...

  • Sports

    Milan Local Customs

    I suppose old Cliffie has to be fair and mention that Milan has another football team that at times has been the best in Europe. In the late 1960s AC Milan won two European trophies with a team featuring Gianni Rivera and Pierino Prati. Twenty years later AC Milan again ruled Europe, with a side built around the Dutch trio of Rijkaard, Gullit and...

  • Courtesy

    Milan Local Customs

    I've noticed that Italians don't buy into the whole stand-in-line concept. At a ticket counter, it's just a crowd of people and eventually you get to the front. It's the same at a buffet. You just walk up to what you want to get at. Granted, don't go knocking people out of the way, but don't be shy.

  • Ciao: when to use it!

    Milan Local Customs

    English is hardly spoken in Milano. Oh dear, huh?. ;-) Nevertheless, don't let this deter you from visiting this great city. You can pick up some Italian before your trip to Italy. Memorize common expressions and you should be fine: Buongiorno........Good morning Buonasera......Good evening Buonanotte.......Good night Buon pomeriggio.....Good...

  • Navigli

    Milan Local Customs

    By night many persons go to Navigli, where there are hundrends of restaurants, pubs, disco-pubs... A common meeting point is Porta Genova station (it's a train station), then if you are by car a difficult game will start: parking search! Good luck!

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